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Movie :
Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona
Cast: Anjan Dutt, Parno Mittra, Ushasie Chakraborty, Kanchan Mullick, Lew Hilt, Nondon Bagchi, Amyt Dutta and Kabir Suman, among others
Direction: Anjan Dutt

Movie Review: Anjan Dutt, in all his interviews prior to the release of “Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona”, had said that 30 per cent of his character in the movie shared resemblances with his real life persona.

While one wouldn’t know which 30 per cent of Anjan in real life is akin to Abani Sen of “RAAA”, what deserves kudos is that the director hasn’t fallen into the trap of showing a musician who is virtues personified. Anjan’s movie stands out as a mature work because of its honesty to show how a demigod is vulnerable and quite a ‘bad man’ in real life.

In a nutshell, “RAAA” traces the making of a popstar (Parno) and her volatile relationship with her mentor (Anjan). Parno, a small town girl who eats, sleeps and dreams music, travels all the way to Kolkata believing that Anjan will give her a break. Little does she realize that the man, who says she has promise, is interested in her body more than her music. The movie, with all its twists and turns, doesn’t become a tale of revenge. Instead, it explores the interesting and changing dynamics between Parno and Anjan and people surrounding them. The result? A musical tale of lost love, achieved dreams and a lot of things in between.

Even if the film didn’t dwell on all these, it would still be remembered in the history of Bengali cinema. Playing a character which is close to one’s real self is never too easy. And more so, if the fictional elements in the characterization doesn’t portray him in a very flattering light all the time. That’s precisely where Anjan has scored as an actor. Right from his looks (though his hair colour could have been different) to his body language, Anjan the actor is a revelation in this movie. That’s why Parno, in her feature film debut, also deserves a lot of credit for being able to stand her ground in front of such a powerful performance. Though Ushasie Chakraborty doesn’t have a huge role in the film, her character voices the sentiments of a mature audience that knows that the hero can be loved despite his blemishes. Kanchan Mullick needs special mention for his portrayal of the role of Elvis. And then, there is Lew Hilt, Amyt Dutta and Nondon Bagchi. Those who loved Lew in “Madly Bangalee” must check out the scene between Anjan and Lew where the latter, in one of their drinking binges, repetitively tries to narrate a tale! Kabir Suman, of course, is a surprise element. Both Anjan and Suman’s dialogues on music and lyrics have great relevance even beyond the context of the movie.

Neel Dutt’s music is also another star in the movie. And so is Somlata – the voice of Parno. Be it “Jagorone jae bibhabori”, “Tumi ashbe bole tai” or “Ondhokarer porey”, Somlata simply rocks.

With so much going in favour for the film, one failed to comprehend the compulsions behind indulging in a formula in the fight sequence at the end. Lengthwise, the film could have been tighter. Abir’s character could have been more fleshed out if at all there was any need to show the importance of a producer in the context of music-makers. However, all these will not appear too discordant when the audience is in love with the sound of music in the movie.

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